When we got back from the hot springs soak, Michael worked on repairing the deck. Hailey was his little helper. She'd hand him tools and help wherever she could. It was so cute. He is unbelievable patient with her. Good shot of the Pueblo Mts. behind them.
Just before the sun went down we finally had a chance to fly the kite that Josiah got in his stocking last Christmas. It is a bald eagle and it really looks just like one when it is flying in the air. You can see a good shot of the edge of the dry lake bed in this picture.
Hailey got to fly her first kite. Hers was a hawk. The wind picked up here, so we didn't get to fly kites for very long. The wind is so strong, it'll destroy a cheap kite really quickly if you aren't careful. Michael and Josiah got to do a little target practicing as you can see by the targets set up. Great place for it!
Here is a picture of the trailer. The rats and mice had a one too many a good time in this place when it is locked up for the winter, so my mom and step-dad have had to basically gut it, take out all the carpet, bedding and furniture and lay linoleum which is easy to clean. You have to set traps every night inside the trailer and on the deck to keep them out of there even while you are sleeping in the trailer. They've got steel-wool stuffed everywhere to try to keep them out, but they are wily little devils. We caught 1 huge rat and one mouse while we were there. Mom and Larry caught a whole family of rats before we even got there. I'm so grateful that they have figured out a way to use the trailer despite the rat problem. It gets so windy around there that tent camping is impossible. You really need some place to get out of the wind. Anyway, here is a picture of the trailer, all buttoned up for the winter, overlooking Alvord Lake Bed. It is a gorgeous view from here. I took this picture just before we left for home. Thanks to all of you who hung in there for nine whole posts of our trip. I just really wanted to show you the beauty that can be found in the desert. Just like what God sees in us. Good-by, Alvord. God-willing, we'll get to visit you next year.